In 2002, The One Minutes Foundation, the European Cultural Foundation and UNICEF established The One Minutes Jr. network as a new tool for youth empowerment and social change.
In week-long workshops, underprivileged and marginalised young people aged 12 and over from all over the world get a chance to express themselves by making one-minute films. They are taught by art students from the Sandberg Instituut, who receive training from us. For the students, getting to know new cultures and people through the Unicef network is an experience of incalculable value.
The workshops result in one-minute films that offer moving glimpses into their young makers’ lives. The stories are honest and unfiltered. Some films expose a social problem, such as the conditions at a school for blind children in Albania. Others tell the story of a personal dream, such as wishing to look after one’s family or to become a doctor in order to help others.
Though other media-based projects for young people exist, no other programme on this scale takes the artistic approach of bringing children together with young video artists.
The One Minutes Jr. is a project of The One Minutes foundation.
“Children in developing countries and war zones were given the assignment of making one-minute autobiographical films... The films they made were small documents of their lives, their views of the world, their dreams.”
Mirjam Remie, 'Kijken: documentaires door kinderen van 1 minuut', NRC Handelsblad, 27-11-2014